2 get life term in Vansh kidnapping case
Sukhjeevan Sharma,, INVC,, Ambala,, Additional Sessions Judge Poonam Suneja sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for kidnapping a five- year-old boy and then demanding ransom from his parents. The court held Gupreet Singh and Parvinder Singh of Handesra village of Mohali district guilty of having kidnapped an Ambala boy Vansh, a student of class II of Army Public School, who was picked up by the| duo on February 10, 2011, as he alighted from the school bus at the Defence Colony here. Vansh’s father, Ashish Sharma, is a businessman. Immediately, after receiving a complaint from his grandfather, Narinder Sharma, the police sounded an alert following which the Panchkula police chased the kidnappers. The police managed to halt the kidnappers by ramming one of their vans into their vehicle at Barwala, where a shootout took place between the police and the kidnappers. Meanwhile, the Ambala police also reached the spot and rescued the child. While, Parvinder managed to escape from the scene and later, surrendered before the Ambala court, Gurpreet sustained a gunshot injury in his leg and was taken to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 80 lakh by making a phone call at the boy’s house from an STD booth in Naraingarh. Earlier, in October last year a Panchkula court had found the two guilty of the shootout and awarded them five years in jail. While, pronouncing the verdict today, the judged found them guilty under Sections 363, 364 and 364-A for which they were awarded life imprisonment. However, another accused in the case, Gurpreet Tapla of the same village, who used to work as a driver of Ashish Sharma and was accused of having connived with the abductors, was acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove his involvement in the crime.